Thank the movers. If you are happy with their work, you can tip them. In addition, if you have some drinks and snacks for them to take a small break, they will surely be grateful to you and do even a better job when once full of more energy. If you want to have the job done faster, you can also help them unload. Unless of course you have requested a luxury move when the movers are paid to do everything that is part of your relocation up to setting up your new home.
Check if the appliances are working properly and if all switches are functioning. You don’t want to end up in a cold home because there’s something wrong with the heating and you didn’t check it when moving in. This is important because if there are appliances or anything else to fix you can include it in your to-do tasks and take care of it as soon as you can. Also change the locks.
Use the cleaning supplies you already have or run down to the closest supermarket to get the basic things you need. Depending on the condition of your new home, clean up the most obvious things like cobwebs, dust and the floor. You can go scrub the tiles of the bathroom and clean up the windows when you have more time. Now is the time to take care of a basic cleaning so you can start arranging the furniture and unpacking the boxes.
You can do the unpacking yourself or involve your kids as well. If they are too young, you can give them some toys to keep them busy while you are unpacking.
Take care of what you (and your family) needs. Heat the boiler, order some snacks, put the kettle on, etc. Don’t waste extra energy on cooking, if you don’t have the time to do it. If you are into a healthy diet you can get fresh fruits and veggies at the nearest market and some raw nuts. Salads are nutritious and easy to make which is precisely what you need right now.
The unpacking. Begin by setting the bed so that when you are tired and want some rest, you can get it right away and you won’t need to wonder where to get some extra energy from in order to prepare the bed. Next, open up the essentials box with basic things that you will need like a clean set of clothes, toiletries, etc. Keep it handy during the first day in our new place.
Keep the kids busy. You can give them some small tasks to do like bring you smaller boxes for unpacking or if they are very little, arrange for them a playground area in one of the rooms with toys to keep them entertained (and out of your way). You can give the teenagers the freedom to do some arrangements in their own room. Put the furniture in and together with them bring in the boxes. Let the children do the arrangement of their rooms the way they feel like! Involving them in the moving process will be beneficial for them as they will do some work and this will save you time and effort, too.
Meet the locals. When into the local supermarket ask around for things you need like a DIY store, for example, or a nice place for having dinner. Often times you can get useful info in this way. Of course, there is always the internet where you can look up things but the info from locals will be much more precise as they may be able to answer questions like which restaurant is more suitable for families with kids or for couples that want a romantic night out, for instance, depending on your preferences.
Celebrate! After doing all the work you did it is time to get a break and have some nice time. If you feel like you have the energy to do it, you can have an evening out with your family. Go to a nice, quiet place to have dinner and pop a bottle of champagne for the new beginning in your life. If you’re all exhausted, order some food and celebrate in the comfort of your new home. This is one of the must-do things on the first day in a new house – give yourself some positive emotions and experience because you deserve it!
These are the main things to do on first day in the new house or flat. It is a lot indeed, but these are really essentials that you need on the first day in a new house or apartment. What do you think? Do you have more tips to add to this checklist? Make a comment to share them with us and with our readers!
Author Pamela Smith